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Sunday, February 24, 2013
QB Tyler Harris picks up first offer

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN Watch List quarterback Tyler Harris (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County) has been patiently waiting for his first scholarship offer.

On Saturday, the wait came to an end. He received an offer from the University of Alabama at their junior day.

“It feels amazing for a program like Alabama to be my first one,” Harris said. “I’m just very grateful to have them offer me. It just feels amazing.”

The offer came directly from UA head coach Nick Saban, and although the Crimson Tide have shown the most interest through the recruiting process, it was still a surprise to Harris.

However, Saban said he was impressed with the 2014 quarterback and his physical attributes.

“He said I had everything that you could want up top,” Harris said. “He said my throwing mechanics were solid and that I had a really strong arm. He said to keep working on my feet, get my feet quicker and just loosen up my hips. Overall, he really liked me, and he liked everything that I had been doing.”

Alabama invited Harris to come back for the camp in the summer where he will throw against the other quarterback targets, including fellow Watch List signal caller Jacob Park who was also on campus Saturday for the Tide’s junior day.

For Harris, it wasn’t his first trip to Tuscaloosa, but he still enjoyed seeing the campus and all of the facilities, including the new weight room.

“We’d been there before, so we knew about the facilities, but what really impressed me was the new weight facility that they had,” he said. “It’s just overwhelming. They already had a really good one, and now they upgraded that one. I think it’s like 36,000 square feet.”

On his visit, Harris measured in at 6-foot-3 1/2, 215 pounds. He says he’s also been hearing a lot from South Carolina and Vanderbilt and plans to visit South Carolina next month for its junior day.